What we do

Serious and Complex Crime

What clients say..

Criminal Defence is under assault as never before.  Fundamental protections for defendants have been eroded by changes to the rules of evidence and the seemingly never ending extension of police powers. Criminal legal aid, now sadly, is out of the reach of many and for those still eligible the quality of criminal defence available has sometimes been diluted. 

We believe that the way to resist the attack on freedoms is to start from the first principles of criminal defence.

  • Should you have been arrested? 
  • If you have already been arrested was it lawful?
  • Is there enough evidence to support a charge?
  • Is there an alternative?
  • Is a prosecution in the public interest?
  • Is the evidence reliable and admissible?
  • What are you not being told by police and prosecutors?
  • What defences are available and what evidence is needed to help you meet the case against you and where can we find it?
  • Who is best qualified to represent you?

This approach to criminal defence has meant that Bindmans has successfully shaped the defence in some of the most celebrated criminal cases over the last 30 years.

From politicians to hip hop music producers and actors, to Egyptian social commentators, political activists, civil servants, lawyers, doctors and dentists and company directors and newspaper editors and investigative journalists, we have been, and remain at the forefront of defence work, constantly deploying human rights, public interest and novel legal and scientific arguments in order to defend our clients and to protect their interests.

Members of the Bindmans Criminal Law Team regularly defend in the most serious and high profile cases, including murder, terrorist offences, serious fraud, and sexual offences. We are experienced at managing and advising on the media publicity that these cases often attract, and which, we know, can be one of the most distressing aspects of being prosecuted. We also act in cases where there is no publicity, but where the consequences for our clients are equally serious, and where the issues can be equally complex.

We are experienced in all of the following fields:

  • Fraud
  • Terrorism
  • Extradition
  • Homicide including murder, manslaughter and ‘mercy killing’
  • Corporate manslaughter
  • Assault
  • Sexual allegations
  • Money laundering allegations
  • Bribery and corruption
  • Restraint and confiscation
  • Investigations arising from exercising your right to protest
  • Professional regulatory complaints
  • Insider dealing
  • Official Secrets Act investigations
  • Criminal Contempt
  • Publishing offences
  • Data Protection 

We are used to facing the most formidable and best resourced prosecution agencies, including the SFO, FSA specialist police and Crown Prosecution Service Teams. We are able to match these prosecutors, and we believe that they “sit up and take notice” when they know that Bindmans represent any defendant in one of their prosecutions.

We work with the best experts in the UK and abroad in order to ensure that the most compelling and reliable expert evidence is obtained to support our clients’ cases. We instruct the best external counsel because we believe in briefing the best person for the job and our experience makes sure that we are able to identify that person. Where necessary, we adopt a multi Jurisdictional approach with our links with lawyers in other countries.

Members of the Bindmans Team continue to be highly ranked by the leading directories;

Chambers (Band 1) - Bindmans is widely held to have one of the best crime teams in London, and is praised for its excellent "old-style solicitoring." Its "brilliant, dedicated people" have acted for clients caught up in the phone hacking and parliamentary expenses scandals, as well as those involved in the 2011 summer riots. They also have expertise in murder and extradition cases. The team handles both private and publicly funded work, and is commended for its attention to clients' needs.

Martin Rackstraw, Katie Wheatley, Michael Schwarz, Kate Goold, Rhona Friedman and Jude Lanchin are also individually ranked

Team's strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):
Client service: "Bindmans has great client care. The team always goes the extra mile. The firm has hugely experienced solicitors highly committed to criminal defence work. They are intense, demanding perfectionists in their cases who leave no stone unturned and always run cases thoroughly, creatively and professionally."
Market standing: "It is a fantastic firm. It has a sort of City firm quality, but it is not as big so it has retained a real personal touch."
Chambers UK (2014)

As part of our 360° approach to criminal defence, we are in the unrivalled position of being able to call on our colleagues at Bindmans in the

  • Public Law Team (Band 1 Chambers and Partners)
  • Actions against the Police Team (Band 1 Chambers and Partners )
  • Family Law Team (Band 1 Chambers and Partners)
  • Immigration Team (Band 1 Chambers and Partners)
  • Employment Team (Band 1 Chambers and Partners)

We are a group of criminal defence lawyers with real life experience; We became criminal defence lawyers and we work at Bindmans because we are different and we believe that criminal defence done seriously makes a difference.

Specialist Services

Fraud and Business Crime

We advise individuals and corporate clients in criminal investigations and prosecutions. Our team is hugely experienced and we have defended in some of the largest scale fraud prosecutions in recent years. Although “white-collar” defence work involves particular skills and challenges, our approach, as with all our clients, is to defend our clients’ interests fearlessly and tirelessly.

Defending journalists

We have built a particular reputation in recent years for advising and defending journalists and members of the media, who face investigation and prosecution arising from their professional activities and disclosure of source materials.


Extradition has become far more commonplace in recent years and is a highly specialised field. We are one of the few firms with experience to defend in these difficult cases.

Defending in political protest cases

We are the leading firm in defending political protestors in criminal investigations and prosecutions.

Terrorist Prosecutions

Bindmans has a proven track record of successfully defending in this high profile and often sensitive field.

Appeals and Miscarriage of Justice cases

Overturning wrongful convictions is often complicated and difficult. We are experts in such cases and will vigorously re-examine the evidence to try to achieve the right outcome for individuals who have been wrongly convicted.



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